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Squad Analysis – Pt II

Two weeks ago, I took a look at the Blues squad to assess how the squad was shaping up for the season ahead.With players having signed new contracts and what not I have updated it here to look at the latest situation.

The updated situation looks like this:

Squad as at 09 June 2013 14:30BST

Keepers: Colin Doyle, Darren Randolph, Nick Townsend

Defenders: Amari’i Bell, Curtis Davies, Neal Eardley, James Fry, Mitch Hancox, Ryan Higgins, David Murphy, Will Packwood, Paul Robinson, Jonathan Spector

Midfielders: Charlee Adams, Darren Ambrose, Koby Arthur, Chris Burke, Wade Elliott, Eddy Gnahoré, Oliver Lee, Hayden Mullins, Nathan Redmond, Callum Reilly, Andrew Shinnie, Liam Truslove

Forwards: Akwasi Asante, Reece Hales, Marlon King, Peter Lovenkrands, Lee Novak, Nikola Zigic.

Legend:
Contracted to June 2014 or beyond
Offered a contract but not yet signed
Made available for transfer/free transfer

I think the most pleasing thing to note is that of the players we have currently at the club, only two remain to be tied up beyond this year. It’s my feeling that the longer that they haven’t received a deal elsewhere the more likely it is that they will sign on at Blues.

Interestingly Watford currently only have fifteen players in contract for the new season with a transfer embargo in force and the rules having been changed which will stop them from loaning as many players from Granada and Udinese as they did last season. I have no doubt though that they will be allowed to make signings and that they will permanently sign some of the better players that they had on loan last year.

Blues are currently looking at centre backs with only two senior ones on the books – Curtis Davies and Paul Robinson – and with Davies almost certain to leave the club. There was news yesterday that there is a possibility of a part-exchange deal between Blues and Hull which would see Jack Hobbs come the other way along with some money for Curtis Davies; I’ve seen Dan Seaborne mentioned as a possible signing and I’m sure there are others who haven’t been made public yet that Clark has approached.

The other area which looks problematic is left midfield – again, Clark is looking at loaning Shane Ferguson but I cannot see Newcastle making a quick decision on that and I think that if possible Clark needs to try to bring someone in permanently who can at least be cover for that position. Alternatively, Blues could look to switching Nathan Redmond or Koby Arthur to the left flank or even promoting Demarai Gray if funds are not there but I think Clark has to do something fairly quickly as it’s my belief that one of the main things that improved Blues in the second half of the season was  a left-footed left winger giving balance to the team.

There is still no reason to panic; although pre-season training will start at the end of June there is still a couple of months until the start of the new season. Furthermore, it’s my perception that there are more out of contract players than ever available and that might just mean that it may be possible to sign players for less money than previously thought. It appears that there are a lot of clubs outside the top flight struggling money-wise and it might just be that sense is finally coming to football wages.

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182 Responses to “Squad Analysis – Pt II”

  • Evesham blue says:

    Good synopsis. Assuming we can’t shift the freebies a lot of strikers and midfielders on the books

  • Gibbsy says:

    I notice that Stoke have released former Blues player Jermain Pennant, so he is on a free now, worth a punt?

    • almajir says:

      Very much doubt we could afford his wages

    • Ben says:

      Pennant is well known as a troublemaker and a liability. The last thing we need is a rebel to break up this fragile squad. That also makes ravel a difficult choice. If we want anyone from stoke it’s Mathew Upson. Need a strong figure in the back four because robbo won’t be able to do it all year.

      • Blues for life 71 says:

        thats a great call Ben i’d have a left footed centre back by the name of Upson back could be just what we need …… assuming again that we could afford his wages. Pennant definate NO from me.

        • RichardM says:

          Upson not a bad call – but would he come back, and even if he did surely his wage demands would scupper any such deal.

  • Pete says:

    Agreed about left midfield and how this changed our season. I do think that Mitch Hancox could be the answer to our problems here though, if we do not get Ferguson.My main concern is that other than King we have a shocking line up in terms of centre forwards in terms of goals. How many championship goals did the strikers score last season??? If this can be addressed, along with a holding midfielder then I think we would be safe.

    As for centre half, although it would be sad to see Davies go I think a swap for Hobbs and the correct sum of cash would be good business sense. Hopefully, some cash might actually find its way towards the team building (just £500k perhaps for lower league players and save wages), although this is not at all likely.

  • mark says:

    to be honest Dan- its not a complete dead horse, which most fans think…. imo positively refreshing…. Clark will be bereaving around looking to add to his jigsaw puzzle. For me Morrison and Ferguson are still the key players if they return……….

    • StaffsBlue says:

      I’m with you on this mark. I’m not pessimistic in the slightest. I think Clark is building well so far, and by the looks of some of the names that are being mentioned, he definitely seems to know what he’s doing. I’m happy to sit back and watch his squad develop. There’s still no rush atm, with 4 weeks until our first friendly against Shamrock Rovers.

      I’m looking forward to the new League fixtures, due out on the 19th of this month.

      • mark says:

        hope its a home fixture first, nice to get 3 points under your belt especially at home lol

        • StaffsBlue says:

          Most probably wouldn’t agree with me… but I’d like Barnsley at home first game. Let’s lay that sucker to rest straight away and then get on with the season. =)

  • StaffsBlue says:

    A definite no to Pennant from me. We don’t need him. The centre backs we’re apparently looking at seem sound enough prospects to me.

    As for the left side of midfield… I wouldn’t really like to see Redmond there again this season. For me, it just doesn’t work. Nathan does his best stuff on the right and, with Burke, we’re ok on that side. I can see an argument for using Mitch Hancox in that position, at least until Newcastle decide what they’re doing with Ferguson. Murphy and Hancox on the left would give the side balance… and they could alternate with who goes forward and who stays back, just as Hancox and Ferguson did last year.

    It’s a feasible option.

    • StaffsBlue says:

      Sorry Pete (re: Hancox,) you posted while I was typing.

      • Pete says:

        lol, no worries. I think Clark was hinting at the end of the season he wanted to try Hancox in a new system and think was what he might have had in mind. A player who I also think could do a job up front for us is Chris Burke. He has the pace, tennacity and eye for goal, so there is flexibility about the squad.

        The shame is hering fans claiming they won’t be going this season with an ecuse of it is helping achieve something. I think if this side can get off to a good start who knows what will happen, but they must have huge support at St Andrews EVEN when things don’t go well, as these are young kids for God sake. I am sure the principles of these loyal protesting stay away fans and those who canot afford the reduced monthly prices will find away of getting to wembley if we ever managed it…..

        • mark says:

          here, here Pete in my eyes it simply not going to achieve anything. These young lads need our support. If I thought Dan was going to protest just maybe I would have considered it but with a heavy heart tho……

        • StaffsBlue says:

          Absolutely agree Pete. Last season was last season. This is a bright new season… we have no dosh, but neither do most of the teams in the division now. We can’t compete financially with the likes of Wigan, Reading and Qpr, or even Blackburn or Bolton who came down before. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have a right good go at it. I’m sure that, with a good crowd roaring them on, our young team can do well. KRO

        • TracyKRO says:

          Even if we were top of prem there be people still moaning just let them get on with it. I think a lot more supporters are been realistic for this coming season, saying if we finish in the championship they would be happy with that.

          • StaffsBlue says:

            Tbh Tracy, I’d be happy with top 10 this coming season. I’m not demanding it, but I am expecting it. Top 10, with the recruitment policy that Lee Clark has been forced into, would be a success.

            We all know the problems we have, we all want the board gone… but those things will sort themselves out eventually. Let’s all be positive like our manager and get behind the team next season. KRO!!

          • TracyKRO says:

            I agree with you staffsblue, we will be there to support the young boys in blue to try get them over the line till things change that’s all we can hope for KRO

          • StaffsBlue says:

            I think with all the kids we’ll have next season… we should all take our rattles to cheer the team on. (and those not happy always throw them out of their prams) lol

          • RichardM says:

            Tracy – I hold my hand up and admit that I was one of the moaners last season, in truth becuase we had such high expectations based on the previous season under Hughton, and on paper it looked more or less the same team. That probably explains the deflated atmosphere at Stans, as Blues huffed and puffed but came nowhere near the home form of the previous season when we would take on all and sundry.

            I still think Clark made too many mistakes last season, but I’m prepared to back him this time round simply because we have no other choice and you can’t deny the form of the last third of the season was pretty good, which indicated he was starting to get a measure of both the team and the division. This season will be different however, and potentially in Clark’s favour, becuase expectations are pretty low given the dire financial situation – so even Clark critics like myself can’t complain given the resources at the club. Survival for me would be the main aim – anything after that a bonus, and if the kids start to do well then hopefully that positivity around Stans will return!

  • mark says:

    like you noted Dan- I am hopeful the two outstanding players spector and wade will sign……

    • TracyKRO says:

      Fair play to you RichardM, I think everyone has had them thoughts about owners and Clark. I was like that 2011/2012 season with the owners, I didn’t expect much last season with Clark I don’t know why but I did. This season staying in the championship is all I want anything else is a bonus. Until there is a change of owners and money invested into the club I cant see any change

    • StaffsBlue says:

      Well, Hobs was born in Portsmouth and started his career at Lincoln, so maybe he’ll fancy a move further south. I’ll be happy to swap him for Davies and cash.

      • Pete says:

        My only issue here is I cannot see the baord sanctioning the sale of Davies for cash but accepting some cash and a player. They need the cash to keep the club afloat, whether we agree with this or not, and doing this is basically allowing a transfer fee and having less come in terms of cash. Can’t see the board doing it. Perhaps they might arrange cash and a loan deal- sad but this is where I think we are at.

        • mark says:

          either way wouldn’t be issue to me…

        • StaffsBlue says:

          Fair enough, the board need the money to keep us going day-to-day, but they have to know that if we’re going to sell our main defender, we have to replace him. I’m not paticularly fussed if that’s a permanent signing, or a season-long loan, as long as he’s an adequate replacement.

  • mark says:

    Nathan acquitted himself very well in u21 yesterday, as for Jermaine Pennant here day gone tomorrow. imo backward step………

    • StaffsBlue says:

      I thought Nathan did well in both games. His problem last night was Danny Rose… greedy little sod! Redders had to keep drifting inside because he was getting bugger all off Rose. I still think he could have been our biggest threat, but wasn’t used enough.

  • Tony says:

    We need Elliot Im a fan of his, hes capable of something a little bit different. We also need to get rid of Davies now, his value will decrease the longer we keep him and hes not as good as he thinks he is.
    Still need a holding player in midfield

  • bcfc1975 says:

    Great talking about our team, i agree with the posters staffsblue and mark brilliant keep it up lads

  • Blue Steve says:

    Looks like the Davies Hobbs deal would be a good one for the club though I would prefer the deal to be a loan. Agree with most of the comments hear. A left winger and a midfielder ball winner is what we need. Nathan Redmond is just not comfortable out on the left. You really do not get the best out of him there. Maybe off the front on the odd occasion. Jonathan Spector is a curious one. I’m guessing that his revised terms have significantly reduced his wage compared to last year. He has definitely had some decent games in midfield ( Middlesborough at home springs to mind) but was prone to injury last year.

    • Art Watson says:

      How can the Davies /Hobb deal be good for the club?

      My how expectations have change in less than two years.

      • almajir says:

        Art – if the club has no money (which it hasn’t) and the exchange sees wages lowered and money brought in, it’s a good deal for the club. From a footballing perspective it might hurt but it will help keep the club running until we find a buyer

        • Art Watson says:

          Almajir,

          Yes I understand but what happens this time next year if the club isn’t sold.

          What’s going on at STA is an absolute disgrace and I suspect you know this!

          • mark says:

            Art- Davis has made his feeling known for ages he wants to play in the premiership….how can you look down on hobb without seeing him play??

  • StaffsBlue says:

    IF… Hobbs was to join, Morrison and Ferguson not to come back, Elliott, Spector, King, Lovenkrands, Ambrose and Mullins gone…. we could end up with a team like this (4-4-1-1.)

    Randolph
    Eardley Hobbs Robinson Murphy
    Burke Shinnie Reilly Hancox
    Redmond
    Novak/Zigic

    It’s not perfect by a long chalk… but it’s not bad. Anyone else care to have a go?

    • Blue Steve says:

      Good team Staffs however a midfield of Shinnie and Reilly looks a little light weight to me. Maybe Spector or maybe even Payne (if he signs!) alongside Shinnie. I have a feeling that Shinnie will operate more effectively in a midfield 3 with 1 up front much like Morrison.

      • StaffsBlue says:

        You could well be right on Shinnie, Steve. I wouldn’t mind Jack Payne if Spector doesn’t sign. In fact I wouldn’t mind him anyway. Reilly I think could be groomed for that job eventually. He’s definitely got the balls for the job imo.

    • mark says:

      just imo Clark might decide to play 451 five man midfield…..

      • StaffsBlue says:

        With the lack of a quality, 20 gps striker, he might have no option but to play like that mark. Without that kind of striker, the goals need to be spread out a bit, and 4-5-1 would be the obvious way I think.

        As I said last season, if you only have one striker who can score goals, what’s the point in playing two strikers?

        • Blue Steve says:

          While he has been given a free transfer I don’t think there will be any takers for King due to his wage, age and injury record. I still think he will get goals in the Championship but there is an argument that the team operates more effectively without him as Almajir has raised here previously. Personally though I think he would get the nod from me if we played one up front. If we were to get Morrison back then there is no way we can play Morrison and Shinnie in a midfield 2 it would have to be a 3.

          • StaffsBlue says:

            This was my thoughts exactly re Morrison and Shinnie. If we have them both, neither will want to play second fiddle. So if Morrison didn’t sign, I’d be quite happy with Shinnie and maybe someone like young Kobi on the bench.

          • StaffsBlue says:

            I think when you have a striker who has always scored goals throughout his career, like King, someone is always going to want them. Look at Kevin Phillips even now. King is probably going to sign his last contract and I think he’s wise enough to know he ain’t going to command a 5 figure wage anymore. I’d be astonished if he’s still here come 3rd August.

    • Pete says:

      Randalph
      R/B Eardley C/B Spector C/B Hobbs L/B Murphy

      R/M Redmond C/M Shinnie C/M Reilly L/M Hancox if Ferguson not available

      C/F Novak C/F Assante

      Bench with Arthur, Burke, King, Zigic, Mullins and Doyle sounds good to me.

  • mark says:

    it was noted in Dan write up demarai-gray is this a step too far for this young lad??

    • StaffsBlue says:

      Does anyone know much about the lad? I have to say, I don’t.

      You’ll never know until you throw them in the deep end. You never know for sure if a kid will cope, but there’s only one way to find out.

    • almajir says:

      it might be, I’ve only seen him play for the Academy. He’s useful though, proper winger type.

      • StaffsBlue says:

        Then pre-season is the time to give him a go. Look forward to seeing him sometime.

  • bcfc1978 says:

    mark- you beat me to that one, I was going to ask the same question?? lol

  • Blueboy88 says:

    The FL have closed the loan loophole which Watford exploited last season .

    Subject to the transfer embargo being lifted is there anything stopping Granada and Udinese offering the same players on a free transfer to Watford this season ?

    • almajir says:

      Yes. The league are watching what they do carefully.

      • Blueboy88 says:

        Interesting because this goes to the heart of feeder clubs for bigger clubs .
        But If they cant get the players signed up , there is seemingly is no point..

  • bcfc1978 says:

    Dan- blues home kit 2013/14 out in July??

  • bcfc1978 says:

    thanks Dan- Does anyone else know??

  • mark says:

    bloody hell dan is club thinking of changing our crest??

  • ChrisG says:

    I always thought David Murphy could do a job on the left of midfield, he can cross a ball & wades in with a goal or 2 here & there. Same he’s so injury prone

    • Blues for life 71 says:

      i am with you on that one Murphy and Hancox down the left could be good Ferguson was good but if he aint coming these 2 are more than adequate IMO

  • ndf says:

    If the players that have been offered for free tranfer do not get options do we just lose them? i.e are their contracts terminated or can they be re-signed on terms more beneficial to the club. I am thinking that offers for King may not come in that would live upto his expectations and it might be better all round for him to stay and compete for a palce on lesser terms. Sorry but Mullins might have some merit but Ambrose and Lovenkrans can go.

    • almajir says:

      No, we are stuck with them unless we can move them on, they are contracted to the club until 2014.

  • jazzzy786 says:

    Is this Hobbs any good? I hear he’s well over 6 foot but apart from that I don’t know too much about him. He needs to have a bit of pace if Robbo is beside him. I believe we need to sign another CB as Robbo, Packwood and Fry will not last a full season. This is on top of Hobbs if he comes. We also need a defensive midfielder to break up the play in front of the defence. I think Packwood is the ready built man we have for this position. I would like to see a large heavyweight enforcer type player in the mould of N’Daw. At LW I’d like to see Hancox with Murphy at LB wth Koby Arthur and Redmond filling in there from time to time.

  • Blue Steve says:

    Is Koby Arthur left footed?

    • mark says:

      koby can play in any position across the midfield, and play as a second striker.. .he can play off either foot…..

  • Martin says:

    It is good to see Clark moving fast bringing in 4 new faces already giving them time to settle in the squad before the start of the new season, of the green players its only King who I think we need to keep (provided he is fit enough to play a decent amount of games) i would personally drive Lovenkrands to any club that come in for him, his effort seemed to evaporate as the season went on and he never put that much in to begin with.
    I’m already feeling optimistic about the new season and I hope Clark continues on the solid work he is doing on the squad. KRO

  • Adam says:

    If the Davies/Hobbs deal goes through could it maybe open up some wages for killganon? As he is a good centre back and played in prem, also jerome Thomas on the free aswell as maybe bringing bowyer back for squad depth plenty of quality out there on a free.

  • tonyd says:

    I could see Will Packwood slip in to a defensive midfield role at some stage, somewhat in the mould of Owen Hargreaves. Great to see the youth players coming through. And maybe we have the best one still to come. Dan, has Nabay turned 15 yet?

  • tonyd says:

    Dan, when do you sleep?!

  • tonyd says:

    Scary!

    • Pete says:

      Hold no stock in this article. Look at the paper and reporter….. If true I completely agree we must not sell for a penny less than £4m. I even think that is a bargain in todays prices.

  • mark says:

    Dan it noted on several of your blogs that some of our fans believe asset stripping is occurring. In other articles i have read i believe this to be harsh on bcfc. imo this is a re=birth, and building for the future, having players on lower wages, who want to play for a bigger club does not necessary mean they are cr*p.

    • StaffsBlue says:

      Asset-stripping my ‘arris. We’re having to be self-sufficient from day-to-day, as we have no income from abroad. If your outgoings are more than your incomings, it makes sense to cut your cloth according to your needs. It ain’t rocket science. I think some people think you can still run a club for a few grand a week.

  • Evesham blue says:

    As I mentioned at the start of this thread all well and good saying the freebies can go but it’s likely they won’t be going anywhere. They are on good existing contracts and there are alot of freebies and unwilling buyers due to wage demands out there. Clark’s squad re-building may well be hampered by this. Perhaps only King is worth utilising again should he stay.

    The Davies sale will hasten if these players don’t go. As for Davies himself – Hull will want to buy a player who goes straight into there first team squad for a survival fight. Loan back is not an option imo. After all he is not a 19 year old kid going to an established prem team needing more experience and playing time.

    • mark says:

      Like zigic we really cant afford….. But he will play active role next season.. Same with the players who are no longer required………. they are still under contract. For me if they dont go……… what capacity will Clark use them………

  • dave blues nose says:

    i a sick of u supporters going on about the moaners, each time u pay to go in the ground, u are giving them to spend in china, don.t u get it, yes clark is doing is best, but they are still taking money out, the best thing is to go in to administration then paladini can take over the club for about 10 mil, and put the money we need to bring in players, guys

    • mark says:

      Take yourself along with the others who have your views, and form a new bcfc……….good luck…….

    • StaffsBlue says:

      And your proof? There no more proof that all the money is going to China, than there is that Paladini has enough to buy a season ticket, let alone the club. All conjecture.

      Oh… and stuff administration. I don’t see why all those people at the club who have done a brilliant job over the last 2 years should lose their jobs just because we don’t like the owners.

      • Art Watson says:

        And where is your proof that money isn’t going to China?

        • mark says:

          Art- again where your prove?

          • Art Watson says:

            Mark…I don’t have any proof but I’m not the one giving out lectures to those who believe that money is going over to China.

            “Take yourself along with others who have your views and form a new BCFC.”

            Your words Mark not mine.

          • StaffsBlue says:

            This is the UK, not Hong Kong. You have to prove Pannu & Co are taking the money out of the country…. we don’t have to prove he isn’t. For me, the money made by BCFC is going to run the club day-to-day. There’s no proof any money is going East.

  • TracyKRO says:

    I cant understand why people keep going on about administration and boycotting the club, when every little pound helps the club running until they gone, Im getting to think are they actually bluenoses.

    • StaffsBlue says:

      I’m beginning to think that when people go on and on and on about the board and admin etc etc, it’s all about THEM and not THE CLUB! I’m not going to worry about things I can’t change, who owns the club (atm.) The only thing I’m bothered about, is supporting the manager and the squad and giving them the best possible chance to make a good start to the season. Everything else will sort itself out eventually.

  • Marky mark says:

    Dave blue nose,

    Funny, there’s me thinking our money was going towards the groundstaff, cleaners, catering supplies and services, policing, stewards, admin,advertising,electric,gas,tax, oh let’s not forget players and management wages, silly me somebody else must be paying for all that and more.

    DBN, you need to wake up and smell the roses.

    • StaffsBlue says:

      Spot on Marky. They’ll be saying that Zigic’s wages would pay for all that next. lol

  • TracyKRO says:

    I also think if it was just going to china there wont be a bcfc anymore, I also think there be people watching whats/where money going with things going on in hk

    • Art Watson says:

      Suggest you read the accounts in detail-the accountants expressed their concerns about the accuracy of information supplied .

      • TracyKRO says:

        lol if there was money going to china, there wouldn’t be a bcfc, have you read them art

  • Marky mark says:

    Correct Tracy, if money is going out of BCFC it will show up somewhere on the accounts, unless Pannu is carrying it out in plastic bags.

  • Leigh says:

    Well it does not change Bruce is back to his usual nursery club. I would want to be very sure of the recovery of Jack Hobbs, and his future fitness to play. If central defence is a worry, and Brucie is looking for strengthening that area, I am rather surprised if he is eager to offload Hobbs, unless he knows something we don’t.

    • StaffsBlue says:

      Hobbs returned from injury on 8th December. He played 22 of the last 26 games for Hull. Sems ok to me.

      • StaffsBlue says:

        … and so far, in a career of over 200 games, he’s only ever been sent off once. So he’s not likely to spend a lot of time suspended.

        • mark says:

          staffsblue definately worth punt especially as Davis wants to go, personally I don’t think hobbs will find the championship that difficult…as you say he has over 200 games under his belt………….

          • StaffsBlue says:

            I’ll happily wave Davies goodbye and shake Hobbs’ hand on his way in… as long as he has a holdall full with at least a million in cash. lol

  • Marky mark says:

    Art,

    Your the one making outrageous claims that money is being pilfered out of the club, I suggest you back it up with some evidence or shut up slandering people.

    • Art Watson says:

      Marky Mark,

      Sorry you feel this way and I’m perhaps you can name the person or persons I have allegedly slandered as I’m sure Dan would have deleted my comments and would have warned me to temper my approach. In the meantime the demolition of BCFC continues and I will not help to finance this deliberate policy.

      • mark says:

        meantime the demolition of BCFC continues……………where your proof…….sweeping statements…..

      • mark says:

        Art- meantime the demolition of BCFC continues……………where your proof…….sweeping statements…..

        • Art Watson says:

          Blind passion is to be applauded but examine the facts and maybe just maybe you will see what’s going on.

      • Marky mark says:

        Well Art,

        Im not going to scroll back at all your posts, but the kind of accusations your making can only be attributed to a couple of people in particular, unless you think the tea lady has a hand in something ?

        Why dont you let us know when you uncover the evidence.

  • Murph says:

    Just read that he may be interested in st ledger , just released by Leicester !, hope not as cant stand the villa twat.

    • StaffsBlue says:

      St Ledger was a decent prospect when he was at Peterborough. Barry Fry arranged for a trial at the Blues… and he signed for Preston. I’d pass on him. We can do better.

  • tony says:

    Tracy you have two things going against you 1 your a female and therefore have no idea of football 2 your one of these hopeless romantics who cant see the wood from the trees

  • Murph says:

    Good as he hates the blues and loves trying to dis us , robo n Hobbs would do and pack wood etc as cover , heard caddis deal maybe back on too as Swindon can’t afford he’s wages . Couple of weeks late but I’d stil take him IMO .

    • StaffsBlue says:

      We have Eardley and Higgins for right back and Murphy, I’m not sure we need Caddis anymore. Would have taken him like a shot a couple of weeks ago.

  • Murph says:

    Agree staff , like I mentioned a couple of weeks earlier would have done , looking forward to seeing the new players as its got a attacking look to it and promotion or not just want to see them gave a right old go . Kro .

  • tony says:

    What does Capisce mean Dan? I dont speak welsh

  • Murph says:

    Think it means understand , sheep sh….

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    • StaffsBlue says:

      I know I’m a bit slow… but why would we sign him on loan for the season again, paying full wages, just to sign him on a free transfer next summer. Why can’t we sign him on a free now and pay full wages? Either way, Swindon would ease their wage bill. Unless we have to pay a loan fee as well as his wages, in which case, I’d tell them to stick it. We have a more than adequate replacement now.

  • StaffsBlue says:

    I see Gillingham have signed central midfielder Amine Linganzi. Maybe they’ll let Jack Payne go now. Also, Oldham’s Matt Smith has signed for Leeds. Now there’s a centre forward who knows how to cause problems to a defence. Ask Liverpool and Everton. Bet his wages wouldn’t have been that much either, coming from Oldham. Ah well.

  • Murph says:

    Markymark cos we signed eardley , don’t need another right back for now.

    • Marky mark says:

      Can Eardley play anywhere else Murph ?

      It’s a shame to miss out on Caddis, he looks such a good player going forward don’t you think

      • StaffsBlue says:

        Eardley can play in midfield too… and has done for Blackpool.

        • Marky mark says:

          God forbid we might have two good players for the same position in the squad. I would get Caddis in full stop and worry about who plays where later

          • StaffsBlue says:

            It’s all about money though Marky. Can we afford to have two 1st choice full backs, when we need to sign 2 centre backs? not sure about that.

  • Murph says:

    Think Matt smith blue nose too ? Or something along those lines , scored last minute against Everton n cost me hundred quid ! Lol

    • StaffsBlue says:

      Oh dear. If he’d signed for us, they could have made it part of his wage deal…. a direct debit into your acount for £2 per week till the season ended. lol

  • tony says:

    Caddis talk is just that, paper talk

  • tony says:

    Christ Clarks just been on the phone offering me three year contract.

  • mark says:

    hang on minute not you as well Zigic…… definately withdrawing my season ticket now…….

  • mark says:

    I am in the process of withdrawing my season ticket now, you and Zigic bloody moaning that’s finished me…………

  • StaffsBlue says:

    I do? lol

  • mark says:

    On second thoughts i have changed my mind this was due to Clark…………..

    http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/being-birmingham-city-manager-made-4283766?

    • StaffsBlue says:

      Great article. I’ve never once wanted to be rid of Clark. I know he’ll make us into a good team again. Can’t wait.

      comment edited

      • StaffsBlue says:

        *Blues

      • mark says:

        maybe he and tony can eat some humble pie……… That interview was pure and humble, blues fans just don’t know how lucky they are………. and all the posters on here slagging him off. these are clear words never buckled…………still here, and fighting the cause for you…………..top man………

  • mark says:

    What I really like about this manager he tell it has he see it…….I have made mistakes, not even your politician admit that………… totally agree with the one fan comments about John bluenose absolutely correct stay in the bullring at 3 clock………….

  • almajir says:

    Seriously, can we stop using the comments on here to slag people off for their opinions?

    Thanks

  • mark says:

    Dan- if you thought this was occurring surely you would have deleted the comments…

    • almajir says:

      Mark… I’m not here 24/7.

      However, if you want me to get my deleting pen out…

      • mark says:

        Dan- was that 3 out 171, and miss the sexism out by Tony………….not bad …..remember Dan they were slagging Clark only few months ago…………

        • almajir says:

          Mark

          I don’t want to be nasty here, but don’t piss off the guy who runs the site.

          Capisce?

          ;)

          • mark says:

            Dan- i have no intention too as staffsblue pointed out , good nature ribbing, with banter….and debating the blues…………

          • mark says:

            Dan- there no need to go that far, as staffsblue mentioned good interaction between fans, and throw in some banter. sorry if you feel the other way……………

  • StaffsBlue says:

    Who’s slagging who off? I thought it was just good natured ribbing. Oh well. Ok.

  • tony says:

    lololol Dan well said, I think you are very fair in your editing I dont mind at all others get upset.

  • tony says:

    If Hobbs has played over 200games and only been sent of once One could Say he doesnt go in where it hurts. mmm

    • StaffsBlue says:

      I see. So, by the same token, Bobby Moore played 700+ club games and another 108 for England…. and how many times was he sent off? That’s right once. hmm

  • tony says:

    To be fair to Jack Hobbs football is his second sport, he was a great Batsman 100 years ago

  • tony says:

    Staffs Bobby moore was a very stylish left half not at all like a modern centre half. Bobby moore was second only to Franz beckenbaur as probably the best defender of all time. you cant get it all from Google staffs.

  • tony says:

    Yes Staffs I know you do

  • tony says:

    Jack Charlton was the centre half for England at that time,now he got sent off a few times.


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